Outdoor Industry Association has three advisory councils to lead and guide the work in Sustainability, Trade Policy and Recreation Policy. These advisory councils, made up of OIA members, influence our initiatives, educate fellow members, and help foster a thriving outdoor industry.


The Sustainability Advisory Council supports OIA sustainable business in its mission to empower every outdoor company to take bold steps to achieve positive impact. This is primarily demonstrated through their leadership and guidance of the OIA Climate Action Corps.

  • Matt Thurston, Divisional Vice President of Sustainability, REI (Chair)
  • Alicia Chin, Senior Manager, Sustainability and Social Impact, Smartwool
  • Danielle Cresswell, Senior Sustainability Manager, Klean Kanteen
  • Guru Larson, Director of Sustainability, Columbia
  • Jennifer Silberman, VP, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), YETI
  • JJ Trout, Chief of Staff, PeopleForBikes
  • John Stokes, Director Of Sustainability, New Balance
  • Kim Drenner, Head of Environmental Impact, Patagonia
  • Kristen Bandurski, Sustainability Program Manager, Red Wing Shoe CO.
  • Libby Sommer, Director of Corporate Sustainability, Bolt Threads
  • Marie Måwe, Director of Sustainability Stakeholder Engagement, W. L. Gore & Associates
  • Theresa Conn, Director of Sustainability, Nemo Equipment

To learn more about the Sustainability Advisory Council, contact the OIA Sustainability Team.




  • Cam Brensinger, Founder and CEO, Nemo Equipment (Chair)
  • Alison Hill, CEO, Lifestraw
  • Bruce Old, Vice President of Global Wholesale, Patagonia
  • Jonathan Cedar, Co-Founder and CEO, Biolite
  • Sean Cady, Vice President of Global Sustainability, Responsibility and Trade, VF Corporation

To learn more about the Sustainability Board Committee, visit our board page.


The Recreation Advisory Council is an advisory board that provides guidance to OIA on various recreation-related policy issues, such as engagement on public land funding initiatives, protection and new designations of our public lands for recreation use and ensuring access to outdoor recreation for the next generation.

  • Taldi Harrison, Senior Manager, Government and Community Affairs, REI (Chair)
  • Fred Ferguson, VP of Public Affairs, Vista Outdoors (Vice Chair)
  • Bryce Wernsman, President, Outdoor, Vasque Footwear
  • Corley Kenna, Head of Communications and Policy, Patagonia
  • Jason Sulham, Manager of Public Affairs, L.L.Bean
  • Jenny Kordick, Executive Director, Maine Outdoor Brands
  • Luis Benitez, Vice President, Government Affairs and Global Impact, VF Corp
  • Mason Smith, Head of Government and Community Relations, Hipcamp
  • Matt Liddle, COO, Snow Peak
  • Mike Mahoney, Chief Legal & Compliance Officer L.L.Bean
  • Mike Wallenfels, SVP Global Sales, Houseware Division at Helen of Troy (Hyrdo Flask Parent Company)
  • Steve McCann, Senior Marketing Manager, Toad&Co
  • Taishya Adams, Policy Director, Outdoor Afro
  • Theresa Conn, Global Distribution and Sustainability Manager, NEMO Equipment
  • Tucker Kimball, Public Relations and Social Media Manager, Orvis

For more information, contact the Government Affairs team at


The Trade Advisory Council reviews U.S. trade policy, relevant federal legislation and international trade negotiations, develops federal trade policy that may affect OIA membership, and recommends policy positions to the OIA government affairs team and OIA leadership.

  • Sara Bowersox, Global Compliance Manager, Keen (Chair)
  • Al Gapinski, Director of Sourcing, Materials, Development and Quality, PEARL iZUMi
  • Amy Whitney, Global Trade Compliance Manager, Burton Snowboards
  • Ben Christensen, COO, Simms Fishing
  • Brent Merriam, COO, NEMO Equipment
  • Dallas Hobgood, Director of Global Customs Compliance, Wolverine Worldwide
  • Drew Saunders – Country Manager, North America at Oberalp Group
  • Fred Ferguson, VP, Public Affairs, Vista Outdoor
  • Jann Futrell, Director Global Trade, The Coleman Company
  • Jeff Tooze, Director, Global Customs and Trade, Columbia Sportswear
  • Jen Kissner, Director Customs and Trade Advisory, Newell Brands
  • John Nehring, Planning Analyst, Oboz Footwear
  • Kristy Marvin, General Counsel, Timberland
  • Lisa Leffler, Senior Global Logistics Manager, Black Diamond
  • Marc Berejka – Director, Government Affairs, REI 
  • Mike DeVitto, Senior Manager of International Logistics and Trade Compliance, L.L.Bean
  • Mike Ratchford, Government Relations Associate, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc
  • Mike Rigney, VP of Operations, Orvis
  • Monica Thornton, Customs Manager, Helen of Troy
  • Patrick Fox, Director of Customs Compliance, VF Corporation
  • Quinn O’Rourke, Logistics and Customs Manager, LaCrosse Footwear Inc.
  • Scott Ermetti, President of International Business, Pelican Products
  • Tony Ferguson, Logistics Administrator, Patagonia
  • Tony Roina, Manufacturing and Sourcing Manager, Big Agnes

For more information, contact the Government Affairs team at

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